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Sossusvlei by Hougaard Malan

Sossusvlei or Deadvlei is one of the most photogenic landscapes on earth and lies on the West coast of Africa where the mountains meet the sands of the Namib Desert.

The Greater Tsaucheb Dune Valley is part of the Namib Naukluft National Park. The area within the park that is so world famous is the valley that the Tsaucheb River has cut through the towering dunes on its journey to the Atlantic. The river was blocked off from the ocean a long time ago and the result is a wetland in one of the driest places on earth.

CapturEarth's Hougaard Malan has produced an ebook, CAPTURE NAMIBIA: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO PHOTOGRAPHING SOSSUSVLEI. If you are planning a visit to namibia to photograph in and around Sossusvlei this guide is a must and is full of valuable tips and advice.


Best Time to Photograph
Sunset for flaming red sunsets and late afternoon for thunderstorms.
Type of Photography
Best Time of Year
Recommended Gear
A sturdy tripod and cable release is a must for landscape photography.


Site Highlights
Trees of Deadvlei
Dramatic sunsets and dune fields.
Dune spines.
Cracked Pans in the Tsaucheb Valley


Season and Weather
Summers are extremely hot, but also the best time for landscape photography. February-April there are usually strong rain clouds over Sesriem about 4/7 days of the week.
Winters are cooler and more pleasant daytime temperatures, but you have to contend with the crowds.


Closest Town
Getting There
From Windhoek: Take the B1 South to Mariental, then head West to Maltahohe just after the town and follow this road and it’s signs until you get to Sesriem. This road is mostly paved, only the last 100-150km is dirt.

Most scenic route from the South:
Whether you head to Sossus after visiting these places or vice versa, I highly recommend that you drive the D707. It’s a detour of about 100km, but worth it. The road follows the edge of the desert and traverses some of the most beautiful scenery of vast desolation on earth. If you’re travelling this route after plentiful rain, then it will be even more special.


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Arne Purves
Author: Arne PurvesWebsite: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Arne's passion for the environment, wildlife and conservation was instilled from an early age, leading to a career in nature conservation, first as a game ranger in the Natal Parks Board, a conservation officer with CapeNature and today in the City of Cape Town's Environmental Compliance Department. Photography is his creative medium of choice.